When one considers the extreme vulnerability of the nasal mucosa, the extent to which its surface is exposed to infection both by the agency of the inspired air and by its situation, it may well occasion surprise that the cases of unfortunate sequelæ following operative procedures on the turbinates is so small. This is especially so when one considers, too, the enormous number of operative procedures of various sorts which are performed within the nasal cavity. Lermoyez1 classifies the accidents which may follow intranasal operations as follows: 1, of infectious origin; 2, of nervous origin; 3, of mechanical origin, and this is probably as satisfactory a classification as can be made.
The most serious accidents which follow operations on the turbinates would, of course, come under the head of the infections. Septic conditions following turbinal operations are by no means as common as one would expect. When we consider
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